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Sunday, March 6, 2011

eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

how happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
the world forgetting, by the world forgot.
eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd.

-alexander pope

what i love about this film is you can interpret it in so many ways. i've watched it about three times in the past year and every time i watch it i get something different out of it. the "realist" side of me finds this film to be about pain and how sometimes it's a good thing. not the actual feeling of pain, but that we can always learn from all the most painful experiences in our lives and become stronger for it. to run away from it is taking the easy way out and by doing that we never progress. the "optimist" side of me finds this film to be about fate, and how no matter what you do or how much you run away from it, it is meant to happen. both clementine and joel get their memories erased so they could forget each other and all the rough times they had while in a relationship. but even that didn't stop fate from happening because they end up re-meeting each other again anyways. in a way these two things together teach us yet another lesson: that even though relationships have their rough spots, if you truly love each other, you can get through any obstacles. fortunately they end up together in the anyways, but the sad thing to think about is if they didn't erase their memories would they have gotten back together? i would like to think so, but some people don't realize things can be worked out. most people think that if there's a lot of fighting going on in a relationship, it's time to end it without even trying to figure out what's really wrong and whether or not it can be fixed. anyways, these are the things i got out of this film, i suggest you watch it and hopefully you will get something out of it. it's beautifully written, and i thought it was beautifully executed.